HP Senior VP and Cloud GM Leaves Company

Zorawar "Biri" Singh, a senior vice president and general manager at Hewlett-Packard and the architect of HP's public cloud effort, has exited the company.

HP confirmed Singh's departure, which was first reported by All Things D, on Thursday. Singh oversaw HP's efforts to build a public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that would compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and his former employer IBM. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 18, 20130 comments

CA Sharpens Cloud Focus, Taps Ex-Taleo Chief for CEO

CA Technologies on Wednesday said it has appointed former Taleo chief Michael Gregoire as its new CEO in a move to step up its emphasis on cloud computing.

Gregoire will replace existing CEO William McCracken effective Jan. 7, CA said. McCracken, 70, is retiring after a three-year stint as CEO. Like his predecessor, John Swainson, McCracken spent more than three decades at IBM. Though Swainson retired in early 2010, he re-emerged in February as president of Dell's newly formed software group, where he recently engineered the $2.4 billion acquisition of Quest Software, a CA rival. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on December 13, 20120 comments

Citrix Buys Zenprise in Mobile Device Management Play

With its planned acquisition of leading mobile device management (MDM) supplier Zenprise, Citrix is making a move to ensure its place in managing employee-owned tablets, PCs and smartphones, as well as cloud-based file sharing.

Terms of the agreement, announced last week, were undisclosed. Citrix did say it plans to integrate the Zenprise MobileManager, Zencloud and Zensuite offerings with its own MDM solution CloudGateway and the Me@Work portfolio, which includes the respective GoToMeeting and ShareFile cloud-based conferencing and document storage services. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on December 10, 20120 comments

VMware, EMC Spin Out New Cloud Business Unit 'Pivotal'

Virtualization giant VMware and its corporate parent, EMC, will form a new business entity next year called "Pivotal" to bring together the two companies' respective cloud platforms and products that enable the processing of big data.

It's not clear whether the companies are spinning these assets off outright or how they will structure the new organization. VMware said it will formally announce the business structure next quarter. So far, we do know that the unit will be led by Paul Maritz, the former VMware CEO and current EMC chief strategy officer. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on December 06, 20121 comments

Amazon Brings Data Warehousing to the Cloud

Less than seven years ago, Amazon Web Services disrupted traditional datacenter computing with its cloud-based infrastructure services, allowing enterprise customers to provision compute and storage and pay based on usage without having to make capital outlays for hardware or software. Many who have moved to this model of paying for IT infrastructure as an operational expense have enjoyed considerable reductions in capital expenditures.

Now, Amazon is looking to similarly upend the way organizations deploy data warehouses. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on November 28, 20120 comments

Cisco Buys Cloupia for $125 Million

Cisco on Thursday agreed to acquire cloud upstart Cloupia for $125 million in the company's latest bid to unify converged datacenters with cloud infrastructure and services.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Cloupia, founded in 2009, offers software that lets organizations administer traditional datacenter infrastructure with cloud-based infrastructure. Cloupia's software provides a common interface to manage and monitor infrastructure across physical, virtual and cloud environments and is aligned with key providers. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on November 15, 20120 comments

Coping with Hurricane Sandy

Like millions of people in the Northeast, I am hunkering down as Hurricane Sandy is living up to its promise as the worst storm to hit this region in decades.

We have been told to expect power outages of anywhere from seven to 10 days -- not a prospect I am looking forward to, if that prediction comes true. Call me a prima donna, but I'm not one who enjoys roughing it, even though as a child I did my share of camping. But that was a long time ago. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 30, 20120 comments

IBM Touts PaaS as Enterprise Cloud Computing's Next Frontier

IBM spent much of last week's Cloud Innovation Forum talking up Platform as a Service (PaaS) to the roughly 100 customers and 200 other stakeholders, including business partners, in attendance.

Big Blue's PaaS offering, called SmartCloud Application Services (SCAS), is available in pre-release form for customers of IBM's existing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering, SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE), and it will be generally available later this quarter. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 22, 20120 comments

Microsoft Gives Azure Storage a Boost with StorSimple Buy

Microsoft inked a deal on Tuesday to acquire StorSimple for an undisclosed amount, filling a key hole in Redmond's effort to push its so-called "Cloud OS" to enterprises.

StorSimple, a three-year-old provider of cloud integrated storage (CIS) appliances, lets those who manage datacenters to add public cloud services to the storage tier of an enterprise network. By using cloud services for data storage, StorSimple argues companies can offer improved disaster recovery, while lowering total cost of storage ownership by 60 to 80 percent. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 18, 20120 comments

Box.com Launches Security and Compliance Partnerships

At this week's BoxWorks conference in San Francisco, Box.com announced it has inked new pacts to address security and compliance issues that are often associated with cloud storage offerings.

On the compliance side, the company has released a new reporting API that will enable third-party business intelligence partners, such as GoodData, to create dashboards that will let administrators detect unusual activity like an individual downloading an excessive number of files. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 11, 20120 comments

IBM and AT&T Partner on Cloud Offerings

IBM and AT&T are teaming up to offer their shared customers cloud services that use Big Blue's compute and storage infrastructure and network connectivity provided by the telecommunications carrier.

According to Tuesday's announcement, both companies will jointly sell the combined offering to their respective enterprise customers -- it's targeted at giants in the Fortune 1000 -- as an alternative to traditional infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud services which often use standard Internet connections. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 10, 20120 comments

Oracle Doubles Down on Cloud at OpenWorld

Once again, cloud computing is front and center at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

Oracle spotlighted the launch of new IaaS, PaaS and SaaS offerings at this year's event. The company has added new online storage services, cloud-based asynchronous message queuing, cloud-based tools to build sites on social networks and in the Oracle Public Cloud, and a variety of new SaaS-based line of business tools including financial planning and analytics capabilities. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 03, 20120 comments